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‘Just teach us the skills please, we’ll do the rest': empowering ten-year-olds as active researchers

Kellett, Mary; Forrest, Ruth (aged ten); Dent, Naomi (aged ten) and Ward, Simon (aged ten) (2004). ‘Just teach us the skills please, we’ll do the rest': empowering ten-year-olds as active researchers. Children and Society, 18(5) pp. 329–343.

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This paper discusses the outcomes of an initiative to empower ten-year-olds as active researchers. It debates some of the barriers that are commonly cited with regard to children of this age taking ownership of their own research agendas—power relations, competence, knowledge and skills—and challenges the status quo. It describes a study in which a group of ten-year-olds participated in a taught programme aimed at equipping them with the knowledge and skills to design their own research. This empowering process resulted in the children undertaking research projects of their own choosing, designed, carried out and reported entirely from their perspective. Reports from two of those projects are presented as part of this paper.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISSN: 1099-0860
Academic Unit/School: Other Departments > Vice-Chancellor's Office
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Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 671
Depositing User: Users 12 not found.
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 08:48
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